Review Category : Arts

Arts Week

MUSIC

Search Party 2009: Grandmother Ham, Boxes, Order of the Golden Mirror, Captions

Today, 8 p.m., free

ASUCD Coffee House

Support your classmates and local music! Presented by The California Aggie, KDVS 90.3 FM and ASUCD Entertainment Council, this annual student musician search brings in up-and-coming bands of UC Davis to you. Check out page 4 for the scoop on this year's winners!

 

Not An Airplane, Travis Vick, Ally Hasche

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More like star fun

The most impressive aspect of Star Trek is how the writers managed to make a prequel interesting and entertaining. Prequels are often devoid of suspense because you know that if the characters appear in movies that occur later chronologically, nothing bad can really happen to them. This doesn't make for a very exciting film, no matter how action packed it may be (see: Wolverine).

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Asian American Association brings uncommon films to campus

Rarely do movies made about the Asian American experience reach a wide audience, but an ongoing event at UC Davis is trying to change that.

UC Davis' Asian American Association is in the middle of hosting its annual film festival. The event, which kicked off on May 5, continues until May 15. The films run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week.

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Arts Week

MUSIC

The Lovetones, Chief Nowhere, The Ancient Sons

Today, 9 p.m., $$, 21

Old Ironsides in Sacramento

For anyone wondering what sort of music sprouts from the land down under, the answer: It's not that different from the stuff here. The Aussies of the Lovetones bring a psychedelic touch to their Interpol-esque rock base.

 

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CD Review

With the mixed musical styles of former Bright Eyes front man Conor Oberst and the full-throttled folk back-up from Mystic Valley Band also come mixed feelings.

The band's sophomore album Outer South, which was released on May 5, is not for creatures of habitual bouts of quivering melodies and nervous serenades, as most Oberst fans have become accustomed to. While Oberst has consistently shown an ability to evolve in unexpected ways, this change is not for the better.

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“Stepping Out: Footwear from Around the World” opens on Monday

In many cultures around the world, footwear not only serves functional purposes, but also as indicators of social class and economic status. "Stepping Out: Footwear Around the World," an exhibition put on by UC Davis design students, features shoes from our very own design collection.

The exhibit opens on Monday and will run until July 12. An opening reception will be held on May 17 at 1 p.m. at the museum, and guided tours will be given throughout the afternoon.

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Annual KDVS fundraiser an “overall success”

After a full week of avid fundraising from Apr. 20 to 26, campus radio station KDVS 90.3 FM raised $56,375, just shy of their $60,000 goal.

The online pledge system is still up and active, continuing to accept and receive donations. Currently, the station has raised $58,745 and continues to receive pledges from fundraiser.kdvs.org.

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Whole Earth Festival Events

QUAD STAGE

Mad Cow String Band

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

 

CEDAR STAGE

Ginger Ninjas

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

 

Ben Lewis

Saturday, 6 p.m.

 

Ayla Nero

Sunday, 10 a.m.

 

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Oh What a Beautiful Performance

The UC Davis department of theatre and dance present Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma! on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall.

The production is directed and choreographed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Mindy Cooper, who previously directed and choreographed Urinetown: The Musical in 2007.

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The Soloist’s debut underwhelms

The lithe talents of Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx are the most tangible aspects of The Soloist, a film full of heart but haplessly misguided. A chance encounter with a violin-playing homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx) provides Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez (Downey, Jr.) with some fresh material.

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Arts Week

MUSIC

Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, Beardo

Today, 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 day of show

The Boardwalk in Orangevale

Some people are so bad that they're good, and Dirt Nasty may or may not be one of those people. It all just depends whether you're into obnoxious rap songs that feature topics such as cocaine, itty-bitty baby dicks and bestiality.

 

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C.D. Review: Metric

Metric

Fantasies

Independent

 

Rating: 4

 

It's become a recent trend that as artists create new records, they add a variety of instruments here and there, use a pinch of synthesizer, toss in a tasty beat mix, sprinkle in a couple clever lines and gently place it into the indie rock oven and hope for the best, yes?

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Variations on a Theme

Although I've been a student for 16 years now, I've been finding it increasingly difficult to actually buckle down and concentrate in my studies.

Procrastination isn't my number one problem (though it's definitely up there), and neither is dozing off during lecture or putting off studying for that midterm because I wanted to do some weekday gallivanting out on the town - nope, my trouble lies in the listening and paying attention part of going to class.

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